Amid violent protests, Germany extradited the Iranian Assadollah A. to Belgium in 2018. Now the diplomat has been condemned as the mastermind of a foiled terrorist attack. Outrage in Tehran is inevitable.
In the process of a failed bomb attack on a mass rally by Iranian opposition activists in exile in France, the main defendant has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. A court in Antwerp, Belgium, found it proven on Thursday that the 49-year-old Iranian diplomat Assadollah A. is responsible for the terrorist plot against the event with thousands of participants. t-online reported in detail on the case. According to a court spokeswoman, the man was found guilty of attempted murder and involvement in a terrorist organization.
Relationship between the US and Iran: Despite massive resistance from European partners, the US government under Donald Trump withdrew from a nuclear deal with Iran in 2018. The US wants to make sure once and for all that there is no turning back for Iran to a nuclear weapon and that its ballistic missile program complies with UN resolutions. The Europeans want to stick to the agreement. As a result, tensions between the USA and Iran are massively increasing. Since then, the US government has been supporting exiled Iranians who are pushing for political change in their country.
The verdict is explosive because, according to the investigation, Assadollah A. is an employee of the Iranian secret service MOIS, whose tasks include monitoring and combating opposition groups inside and outside Iran. It is therefore considered possible that the attack plans were based on a direct government mandate.
This thesis is also represented by the opposition group NCRI, which is banned in Iran. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) organized the rally on June 30, 2018 in Villepinte near Paris. Numerous Western supporters also took part, including the lawyer for then US President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani.
The government in Tehran vehemently rejects the allegations and claims that the terrorist plans were orchestrated by opponents of the regime. She had already protested violently against the arrest of Assadollah A. in Germany because the man was accredited as a diplomat at the Iranian embassy in Vienna at the time of the crime. Assadollah A. was arrested on July 1, 2018 at a motorway service station near Aschaffenburg (Bavaria) and then handed over from Germany to Belgium.